This was the first demonstration against the President of the Republic organized by supra-partisan movements that gained prominence in the campaign for the removal of Dilma Rousseff, in 2016
The manifestation in favor of the impeachment of the president Jair Bolsonaro, convened by the Free Brazil Movement (MBL) and by Come to the street, meets, on Avenida Paulista, this Sunday, 12, the governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), the former Minister of Health Luiz Henrique Mandetta, the president of the PDT, Ciro Gomes, the founder of the New party, João Amoedo, the senators Alessandro Vieira (Citizenship SE) and Simone Tebet (MDB-MS), the vice president of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcelo ramos (PL-AM), among other politicians, such as federal deputies Orlando Silva (PCdoB-SP), André Janones (Avante-MG) and Kim Kataguiri (DEM-SP). This is the first act in defense of the removal of the head of the federal Executive, organized by supra-party movements, which gained prominence during the ex-president’s impeachment campaign Dilma Rousseff (PT), in 2016. Until the publication of this report, the government of São Paulo had not disclosed the estimated public present.
Doria preached respect for the Constitution and stated that, “with or without impeachment, [o importante] is walking for democracy”. “It’s not necessarily with impeachment. We have elections in 2022. Direct elections, elections with the electronic ballot box. If Bolsonaro is not impeached, he will be voted offside in October 2022. He will be defeated,” said the toucan. In his speech, Ciro Gomes acknowledged that there are divergences between the organizers and the political actors present – the pedetista has even attacked state deputy Arthur do Val, Mama Falei, one of the members of the MLK –, but he pondered that, at this time, , the defense of democracy is the main cause of these groups. “We are different. We have different stories, different paths, a look at the future of Brazil, probably very different. But what brings us together is what every civically healthy nation should bring together: it is the threat of the death of democracy and the power of the Brazilian nation, conquered with hard sacrifices. So count on me. Your kindness thanks for my presence, but I want to thank you for the initiative and for the kindness of inviting me, an old fighter of the Brazilian people’s struggle, to join so many good people, who think differently from me, who believe in another world different from mine, but one that bets that freedom and the right to organize and build your future cannot be taken away. Out, Bolsonaro. Impeachment now,” he said.
Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcelo Ramos, said that “to fight for democracy, we don’t need to think the same way about the economy, the environment, human rights.” “There is a great challenge that must unite the Brazilian people at this moment: it is the challenge of democracy. And to fight for democracy, we don’t need to think the same way about the economy, the environment, human rights. But we need to understand that without democracy we have nothing. Right and left lose the right to dispute opinion. Without democracy, we lose the right to dispute the elections and dispute the will of what we think is best for the country”, said the deputy. The congressman also cited the high price of gas canisters, a liter of gasoline and a kilo of meat, to say that the 14.8 million unemployed in Brazil are not concerned “with impeachment of the STF minister” and “do not call for close the National Congress or the Supreme. This Brazil is clamoring for a vaccine, because we have 580 thousand bereaved families. It calls for a job and for food on the table”, he said.
In a post on her Twitter profile, senator Simone Tebet (MDB-MS) stated that “the scent of democracy dissipated the smell of authoritarianism that still hung in the air on Avenida Paulista. Today we have seen a plural Brazil that accepts coexisting in divergence in order to defend democracy under attack. Tomorrow there will be no recourse. We will continue to carry the flag of democracy”. In his speech, senator Alessandro Vieira (Citizenship-SE) told the protesters that “all the work that many good people have done to fight this evil [a corrupção] was thrown out by Jair Bolsonaro. He threw away the Lava Jato, threw into the fire all those who put their heads at risk. When we come here, we put our face and our voice, we remind the whole group that this path in Brazil has no turning back. We are not condemned to live choosing between the corrupt on the right and the corrupt on the left. We deserve more”.
PT empty demonstration
On Saturday 11, PT released a resolution informing the party’s decision not to participate in this Sunday’s demonstrations. In the note, the National Directory affirms that it did not participate in the organization of the acts, noting that it is committed to building “a great national mobilization” for impeachment, including with other parties. “We welcome all the Fora Bolsonaro demonstrations”, says the text. The party also called for a national act for the impeachment of Bolsonaro for 2 October. “It is necessary to immediately contain Bolsonaro’s dictatorial project through impeachment, expanding popular mobilization throughout the country. The PT is committed to building, with various parties, trade union centrals and social movements, a great national mobilization for democracy, for the rights of the people and for the impeachment of Bolsonaro”, says the resolution.